A leading American evangelical leader is challenging American evangelicals to see Hillary through the eyes of their global brothers and sisters.
Before you think for a moment that Deborah Fikes must not be a “real” evangelical, consider her credentials: She has served on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals and was the Executive Advisor to the World Evangelical Alliance for almost a decade.
Deborah is legit, she’s supporting Hillary, and here’s what she’s written at Nicholas Kristof’s “On the Ground” blog for the New York Times:
Evangelicals from all regions, but particularly in Africa, consider Hillary Clinton a “sister in Christ” and someone who lives out the Golden Rule in all the good she has done for women and children. Many affectionately call her “Sister Hillary.”
Back in February, I compiled six of Hillary’s most beautiful expressions of faith. Watch and see why the “Sister Hillary” moniker resonates:
“Faith is just — it’s grace. It’s love. It’s mystery. It’s provocation. It is everything that makes life and its purpose meaningful as a human being. And those moments of grace are ones that I cherish.”
“Regardless of how hard the days are, how difficult the decisions are, be grateful. Be grateful for being a human being. Being part of the universe. Be grateful for your limitations. Know that you have to reach out to have more people be with you, to support you, advise you. Listen to your critics. Answer the questions. But at the end, be grateful. Practice the discipline of gratitude. And that has helped me enormously.”
“We got in that church van and we went down to Orchestra Hall and we heard Dr. King. And I remember standing in that long line just to shake his hand after hearing one of his famous sermons, “Staying Awake Through the Revolution.” I’ve read that many times since, trying to absorb even more than the first impression that I felt so strongly. I left that hall a different person thanks to my church.”
“I think every one of us in those places near and close to home, in our own churches, our own work environments; we can roll up our sleeves and like those indomitable United Methodist Women before us, keep taking the social Gospel out into the world, even when our resources are meager— just 5 loaves and 2 fish ― even when the odds are long, a multitude to feed, even when we are tired and all we want to do is go away by ourselves to a secluded place and rest a while; even then, especially then. Let’s make it happen.”
“The church where these killings took place is known as Mother Emmanuel. And like any mother, it holds its flock close. Today is a day to hold each other even closer.”
“Let us pray that we will all continue to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Let us pray that amid our differences, we can continue to see the power of faith not only to make us whole as individuals, to provide personal salvation, but to make us a greater whole and a greater force for good on behalf of all creation. So let us do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can.”